CAF fines Egypt's Ismaily for fan misconduct

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Feb 2019

Ismaily (Al-Ahram)
Ismaily (Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Ismaily was fined $40,000 and ordered to play one continental match without fans by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the club announced Monday.

On 10 February, the African football governing body CAF decided to reinstate Ismaily in the Champions League after accepting their appeal concerning the club's sanctions.

The Egyptian representatives were kicked out of the competition after crowd trouble caused a home game against Tunisia's Club Africain to be abandoned last month.

Cameroonian referee Neant Alioum called off the game, which took place in Ismailia on 18 January, in the dying stages after a lengthy stoppage as Ismaily's angry fans kept hurling bottles onto the pitch, with their side trailing 2-1.

Besides Monday's fine, CAF decided to order Ismaily to play two continental matches without fans; putting one of them on hold unless the same actions are repeated in the future.

Ismaily responded via their official website by saying that they will be lodging an appeal against the new sanctions.

According to the new penalties, Ismaily will be hosting Algerian side CS Constantine in the 23rd of this month behind closed doors before playing away against the same team one week later.

The Dervishes, who are making their first Champions League appearance in eight years, lost 2-0 at DR Congo's TP Mazembe before falling against Africain.

Group C also includes Constantine, who top the group with two wins.

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